Movie Mayhem


Movie Reviews:

  • Alien 2: On Earth (1980)
    The naming of Alien 2: On Earth (or Sulla Terra in Italian) is obvious from a marketing point of view. A brazen attempt to pull in viewers to see this excessively cheap, subterranean rubbish.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe
    It was nice to spend some time with these two again and on a new adventure. This is almost a forgotten slice of culture and taking stock over the years I realise I was a bigger fan of Beavis and Butthead than I thought.
  • Cannonball Run II (1984)
    A low point in everyone’s career. That is A LOT of careers.
  • Dashcam (2022)
    Dashcam is worth the fuss and whilst not a landmark film it certainly is expertly crafted and plays immensely well.
  • Deep Space (1988)
    The unavailability of Deep Space during the 90’s left me conjuring imagery in my head of what the film might be like… and I was way off.
  • Fast Money (1996)
    Fast Money has an interesting cast with Yancy Butler, Matt McCoy, John Ashton and the late Trevor Goddard keep this from being just another direct-to-video crapfest.
  • Freebie and the Bean (1974)
    Freebie and The Bean followed a simple but robust plot-line that allows for the cops to have the time for some interesting misadventures whilst the story carries on in the background.
  • Gung Ho (1986)
    Gung Ho is a lightweight comedy without much in the way of memorable moments. Aside from a fun , if problematic, performance from Michael Keaton.
  • Infinite Storm (2022)
    Infinite Storm (2022) by Małgorzata Szumowska with Naomi Watts and there is something about Watts in the Winter as it struggles to engage.
  • Last Man Standing (1996)
    This is one of only a couple of Bruce Willis movies that eluded me from the 90’s and I have only now managed to take the time to watch it… and I should have left it as it was. This, is Last Man Standing.
  • Last Seen Alive (2022)
    There is little to separate Last Seen Alive from The Vanishing or the Kurt Russell thriller Breakdown as from them being much better.
  • Night Game (1989)
    Roy Scheider had an incredible run of terrific movies, however, every run has to come to an end and Night Game (1989) is anything but a home run.
  • Off Limits (1988) (aka Saigon)
    Almost 30 years later I have managed to import and take in this obscure little thriller and whilst it has scratched an old itch, the film was not worth the anticipation.
  • Raw Justice (1994)
    Raw Justice is a simple, direct-to-video flick that is a product of its time, featuring an exceptional cast of B-Movie greats, constant action and a peppering of nudity.  Directed by the late David A. Prior this movie is also known as Good Cop Bad Cop, a title that perplexes me as there is only one character this might reflect and he isn’t a focal character. … Read moreRaw Justice (1994)
  • Romancing The Stone (1984)
    Romancing the Stone is worth revisiting as a simple piece of early 80’s fun. There is a clever and quirky script. Colourful characters doted throughout. Thank-you Diane Thomas, Rest in Peace.
  • Seven (1979)
    Seven is a bit of a treat. I really enjoyed it and not for the obvious reasons. The nudity is actually quite sparse and the action and explosions are fairly tame.
  • Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)
    An obscure genre piece sees Whitman played Captain Jack Saitta in the oft retitled Shadows in an Empty Room featuring shadows of several other thrillers that had made an impact in the years prior.
  • Short Time (1990)
    Short Time has Dabney Colman drive with complete disregard for his own personal safety, leaving a trail of carnage everywhere. Sounds incredible…
  • Silent Action (1975)
    A solid filmmaker takes his time to layer in plenty of intrigue and excitement along the way and whilst there is nothing particularly astounding in the mix, this is just a good, solid, cop thriller. 
  • Speed Zone! aka Cannonball Fever aka Cannonball Run III
    Speed Zone! is given a hard time by critics, certainly a lot doesn’t work, but there is a decent amount that does.
  • Stacey (1973)
    Stacey is a fun little movie and it pains me that it is considered lost. A VHS quality copy can be found on the Internet Archive and a welcome preservation, however, at this moment in time it is safe to say a good looking Blu-Ray is off the cards unfortunately. I honestly did not expect to enjoy Stacey as much as I did, thinking it … Read moreStacey (1973)
  • Stand Alone (1985)
    Stand Alone from 1985 is the great Charles Durning doing Rambo, Walking Tall and Death Wish. Sounds dark, violent and crazy… well…
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) shows potential, however, it’s loses it’s way pretty quickly.
  • The Big Racket (1976)
    A racketeering group is operating in a village in Italy. Intimidating local business owners and subjecting resistors to barbaric violence in The Big Racket (1976)
  • The Cannonball Run (1981)
    The Cannonball Run isn’t for everyone, in fact it isn’t for most. I have a love for it as I was just the right age to soak this up. A massive gamble, and a massive win!
  • The Contractor (2022)
    The Contractor will engage you for the runtime, you will walk away fulfilled. In years to come you will struggle to remember if you have seen it.
  • The Desperate Hour (2021)
    The Desperate Hour is a tension focused thriller centring on Naomi Watts plodding through the woods attempting to locate her son during a hostile event at nearby school.
  • The Devil’s Men (1976)
    The Devil’s Men was released in 1976 and featured a few big names, admittedly at a difficult point during their careers, this was originally released in the US The Land of the Minotaur. 
  • The Getaway (1994)
    The biggest take away from The Getaway is that it is average entertainment and really isn’t shocking that it has been forgotten about over the years.
  • The Heroin Busters (1977)
    The Heroin Buster (1977) has been painstakingly remastered and celebrated almost 50 years after it slipped out. Here is my review of this slice of poliziotteschi.
  • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    The Jewel of the Nile is a horrible, regressive, xenophobic pile of junk that needs to be forgotten.
  • The Savage Three (1975)
    I found a lot to like in The Savage Three, however, initially I walked away a little cold.
  • The Specialist (1994)
    Really this should have had a budget of around £10 million and starred a combination of the video stars of the time. The bigger glosser look doesn’t help the film or dissuade from the lack of substance.
  • The Tough Ones (1976)
    The Tough Ones is one of the best known Italian “Poliziotteschi” thrillers and for good reason. Prepare yourself for a gushy blast of love from a fan
  • Trancers (1984)
    Trancers is the granddaddy of direct-to-video and a mostly successful opening to the franchise.
  • Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994)
    Following the vastly stronger third outing Trancers 4 Jack of Swords is merely a little more watchable than the second outing.
  • Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994)
    It pains me to think that such a limp approach was taken to Trancers 4 and 5 following the strength of Trancers III.
  • Trancers 6 (2002)
    It’s time to look at Trancers 6. This time a fresh face, an attempt to revive the franchise and some humour at Deth’s expense. What could go wrong?
  • Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth (1991)
    At first glance Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth looks to be an awesome sequel to a perfect low budget sci-fi hit. Is it?
  • Trancers III: Deth Lives (1992)
    For the second entry to suck it comes as a pleasant surprise that this follow-up manages to kick some Squid butt!
  • Trancers: City of Lost Angels (1988)
    This is a fun follow-up to the original and a treat for fans. Cheap, silly, funny and inventive.
  • Watcher (2022)
    Watcher (2022) enters into a teeming sub-genre and Watcher might just come out on top.
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